Bendigo Ripped Off by Sports Grants Rort

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling for immediate funding for projects dudded by Bridget McKenzie’s sports grant scheme.

“The Bendigo electorate has been ripped off by this rort,” Chesters said.

“Our community has potentially missed out on almost $1million dollars of sporting infrastructure upgrades because of a corrupt process. We deserve our fair share.”

After obtaining a spreadsheet created by Senator McKenzie’s office, the ABC has released the list of the top 50 ranked sports grant projects that missed out on funding which includes Kyneton District Soccer Club who scored 87/100 and the City of Greater Bendigo, who applied on behalf of the Garden Gully Hockey Facility and received a score of 86/100.

“Both of these projects scored high for a reason. They were ranked on community participation, community need and project design.”

The Kyneton District Soccer club’s project was worth $460,000 while the Garden Gully Hockey Facility upgrade required $500,000.

The ABC also reports that the lowest ranked application funded got the maximum grant available, and the three lowest ranked projects funded were all in Coalition-held seats.

“These worthwhile clubs deserve to know why lower ranked projects received funding over theirs,” Chesters said.

“In light of yesterday’s revelations, the full list of every eligible application and how it was assessed by Sport Australia must immediately be released.

“I acknowledge and am pleased that Neangar Park Golf Club received $250,000 in Round 3 of the Community Sports Infrastructure Grants program, but it makes me question why other highly ranked groups missed out.

“It should not be one or the other.”

Clubs and councils that missed out still haven’t received an apology from the Government.
They deserve, at the very least, to know if they were dudded by Bridget McKenzie and anyone else involved in this Government’s shameless rorting.

“This Liberal National Government continues to leave Bendigo off the map, I’m calling for our fair share,” Chesters said.